Here are our picks for the 10 rare elements found in your home.
Atomic Number: 63
First in this list of rare elements comes Europium. It is usually found in nuclear reactors, low-energy light bulbs as well as TV sets. France’s Eugene-Anatole Demarcay discovered it in 1896.
Atomic Number: 65
LCD screens and solid-state memory devices contain Terbium (including USB devices). Swedish chemist Carl Mosander discovered this soft, malleable and ductile metal in 1843.
Atomic Number: 57
Lanthanum is another of Carl Mosander’s discovery. Nickel-metal hydride (NiMH) batteries contain this metal. Some smartphones, laptops and electric cars contain these batteries.
Atomic Number: 60
Neodymium makes excellent magnets. It has also been put to use in computer hard drives, stereo speakers and electric motors. It is also used to color glass.
Atomic Number: 39
Yttrium is a metal. Glass can be made heat-and-water-resistant by adding it to them. Many camera lenses contain it.
Atomic Number: 62
Frenchman Paul-Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran also discovered Samarium is 1879. This metal make great magnets. Headphones and electric guitars contain the magnets.
Atomic Number: 58
Replacing cadmium in pigments used in domestic products, red plastic toys or home-wares are likely to contain cerium. Compact discs, flat-screen TVs and low-energy light bulbs also contain cerium.
Atomic Number: 68
Erbium is yet another Carl Mosander’s discovery. This silver metal has a pink tinge. It’s useful of coloring photographic filters but also improves the function of optical fibers for broadband internet connections.
Atomic Number: 66
Paul-Emile Lecoq de Boisbaudran also discovered dysprosium. Besides nuclear reactor control rods, dysprosium is used in car headlights and electric motors found in hybrod vehicles such as Toyota Prius.
Atomic Number: 34
Many devices powered by solar cells contain selenium. You might also find it in your bathroom. Anti-dandruff shampoos contain selenium.